A line scribble game: find the picture

In today’s post I’m going to share one of my favorite games. I love it because it’s simple, all you need is paper and something to draw with, you can play it almost anywhere, and it takes as long as you want to.

The way we play it involves two or more people. One person makes some line scribbles, completely random but not crowded (unless you’ve got a younger kid, then watch those scribbles fly). They give it to the other person to “find” a picture in it. Once the second player finds a picture, it’s their turn to make a random line scribble and give it back to the first player.

To find the picture, you can turn the scribbles around and look until you find something you like. Then you reinforce the picture by making its outlines darker, going over the original lines one more time, and adding details (such as eyes on a face, shading, whatever you want). If you have something to color with, go ahead, it makes it even easier to see what you found.

random line scribbles to find a picture within
One of the original scribbles. Can you find something here?
Look, it's a ninja birdie in pursuit of a spaceship
Look, it’s a ninja birdie in pursuit of a spaceship
Even Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance
Even Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance
random line scribbles and an octopus
A very happy octopus

Hope you have as much fun with this one as we do!

Funny Pudding Faces {by Claire Stone, Nutritional Therapist)

Today’s post comes packed with awesome sauce.

It’s about fun food, because you can’t have a Fiesta without fun food, right? Well, let me tell you, my guest blogger today, Claire Stone, knows what she’s doing. This is going to be fun.

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You know how it is: your children start whining about being hungry, and you’ve not even started making a meal yet. You want to let them help you with the cooking, but they aren’t quite old enough to let loose with a sharp knife and chopping board yet. What can you do?

Make some funny faces. And I don’t just mean stick your tongue out at your kids.

Make some funny pudding faces. They are super easy to do. They look brilliant, and they also give your children a creative AND handy way to help with food prep. These funny pudding faces are just a starting point. You can make the pudding into anything you like – my kids like faces because we get to joke about eating a nose or an eye, but feel free to do whatever you like with your kids.

This is exactly the kind of art I like – you get to make something without too much fuss or prep, and then you get to eat it. No waiting for glue to dry, no need to worry about paint on the furniture and no brushes to wash afterwards. Not only that, but it fits the nutritionist and mum and fun-factory sides of my world, and gets kids involved in choosing and making their own foods, and introduces them to new ingredients in a fun way.

What’s not to like?

You will need:

  • A pot of yogurt (natural, full fat organic yogurt is best, or soya or coconut yogurt if you don’t do dairy is cool too!). If you prefer, you can make your own base by blending up some berries with a banana and using that instead.
  • Some fresh berries: raspberries, blueberries or strawberries work well.
  • Some raisins, currants or other dried fruit.
  • Some nuts (almonds and peacans are good).
  • Some dessicated coconut or shelled hemp seeds.
  • Some pureed fruit (such as apple).
  1. Put a few big dollops of yogurt or fruit base into a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes (so that it has a chance to spread out).
  2. Take the fruits and nuts and use them to create eyes, a nose and a mouth.
  3. Use the pureed fruit to create some hair (and a beard if you fancy) and then top it all off with the dessicated coconut or hemp to add a bit of life to the hair or beard.
  4. Once completed, get stuck in.
yogurt pudding and frozen fruit to play with
Oh, the possibilities
fun pudding faces with yogurt and fruit
Too cute to eat?
fun faces with yogurt and fruit
Lovely hair
fun faces with yogurt and fruit
A pink beard, yes!

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Claire Stone is a nutritionist who thinks that first and foremost, food should be tasty, real and that you should enjoy it – no point eating low-calorie pretend food just because someone says you should. She happily jumps stalks of broccoli in her quest to help you fight your kryptonite, and find your superfuel. Get your free copy of her ebook full of Summer Detox recipes here.

And the gorgeous pictures? All thanks to the extraordinary, Marcela from The Celebration Girl.

ps1.:  Definitely check Claire’s website, and if you should happen to sign up for one of her detoxes, you won’t regret it. I did one, and I can’t wait to do it again. 

ps.: I invited them to write a guest post because I love their stuff. I’m not getting paid, they’re not getting paid. We just love what we do and we want to share it.

Characters straight out of a magazine

This is the second post of the Creative Outburst Fiesta, and it was a blast for us to do.

Got some old magazines? Catalogues or ads in the mail? Let’s cut ‘em up and put ‘em to good use.

You want to find pictures with clean areas without patterns or text. Then you and the kiddos can add whatever you like on them with markers or pen and make your own collage or story. Simple and fun.

making magazine collages
Let’s make some friends out of magazine photos

This activity is highly customizable. We used old magazines and catalogues we got in the mail, but you can find a picture online and print it instead. Or you can take a picture with your camera of things you find around you (veggies and fruit are great for this) and print it on regular paper too.

Have fun and as always, we’d love to see your results.

Nature collage (a real stickman)

Welcome to our first post in the Creative Outburst Fiesta! I am so excited to have you here with us. Yes, with us, as there will be a few awesome guest bloggers coming in as well to share their inspired ideas. There will be crafting, playing, and of course eating.

This blogging fiesta has only one purpose: to share ideas for you to interact creatively with the kiddos in your lives. No fuss, no huge amount of preparation. Just simple and fun activities that will keep you all entertained (yes!) and playing with each other. Just remember one thing: it’s all about the process. Have fun and don’t stress!

Enough talking. Let’s go for a walk, because today’s idea begins outside.

This is an old, tried-and-true idea, but it was Pippi Longstocking that brought it back for me (Chapter 2 “Pippi is a Thing-Searcher and Gets into a Fight”).

Just like Pippi, we can go outside and become thing-searchers for fun, especially at this time of year. As both my girls and I walked, we’d find a leaf or an unusual rock and invent a name and use for it. Then we collected a few items and took them home. We placed our collection on a table, then tried to make something out of it. Of course, as it’s usually the case for us, it became a person. But you don’t have to make a stickman. It can be a structure, a nature scene on a bowl (we’ve done that before too), or anything really.

It’s all about the process, not the product.

creativity for kids using natural materials found on a walk
The making of a stickman

I’d love to see any creations you come up with!

Video: Mrs Ricefield presents (a new blog series on creative outbursts with kids)

I’m so excited that I could burst. Why you ask?

I’m starting a new series of posts here at the blog next week. And it’s going to be so Awesome!

Want to know more? Check out the deets in the video.

See you all soon!

Looking at things differently (Happy Fall!)

Labor Day is over, so is it officially the beginning of Fall? Happy Fall everyone. I love this time of year.

It’s so beautiful outside at this time of year, and walks become adventures. What do you see around you? Can you find something new in things you see everyday?

This is what I found today.

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